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The Impeachment Conundrum

Commentary / November 5, 2019

The Democrats are facing a dilemma: If they defend democratic norms by acting to remove President Trump from office, they risk getting dragged into a polarizing style of politics that works to his political advantage. Read here.

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Lessons from California's Vaccine Exemption Laws

Commentary / November 5, 2019

Stanford Health Policy’s Michelle Mello, a professor of law and professor of medicine, writes in this Annals of Internal Medicine editorial that California’s experience is a cautionary tale about what happens when vaccination exemption laws have holes.

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An Indian Nuclear Power Plant Suffered a Cyberattack. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Commentary / November 4, 2019

Authorities don’t seem to understand the real threat from cyber-operations.

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Brett McGurk Recounts the Fight Against ISIS and Considers the Future Of Northern Syria

News / November 1, 2019

Following the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the decision by President Donald Trump to remove U.S. troops from northern Syria, there are many questions surrounding the future of the region, which is controlled in part by Al-Qaeda-affiliated extremists, former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Director Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast.

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Can Egypt’s Democratic Hopes Be Revived?

Commentary / November 1, 2019

In today’s Egypt, commitment to democracy appears scarce among actors both within the regime and in civil society, and public-opinion polls further suggest that demands for democratic governance have been abandoned. An undemocratic political understanding and disenchantment with the concept of democracy seemingly prevail among a majority of the population.

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Japan and South Korea on the Brink: International Affairs and Trade Relations Experts Elucidate the Conflict between the Two U.S. Allies

News / October 31, 2019

The recent escalation of diplomatic and trade disputes between South Korea and Japan has alarmed numerous observers and is rather confusing to many around the world to whom the two countries seem to have much to lose and little to gain by the deterioration of the bilateral relationship. What underlying forces are driving the conflict? Are these new forces, or the same historical forces coming to a head? How much are factors from the international environment, such as the behavior of the United States, influencing the current escalation?

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Macron versus the Yellow Vests

Commentary / October 31, 2019

Since November 2018, a grassroots revolt of the forgotten lower middle classes from France’s far-flung suburbs and rural areas has risen against high taxes; social injustice; and the elites, President Emmanuel Macron foremost among them. Although this “Yellow Vest” movement is not dead, it is now weakened by internal feuds, excessive violence, a takeover by the far left, and Macron’s deft handling.

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It's Time To Get U.S. Nukes Out Of Turkey

Commentary / October 30, 2019

U.S.-Turkish relations have plunged to a new nadir. In the past month, a senior Republican senator has suggested suspending Turkey’s membership in the NATO alliance, while the secretary of state implied a readiness to use military force against America’s wayward ally.

In these circumstances, U.S. nuclear weapons have no business in Turkey. It is time to bring them home.

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Evidence of Russia-Linked Influence Operations in Africa

Blog / October 30, 2019

Russia’s global strategy for reasserting itself as a geopolitical superpower has led to an increased presence in Africa, where it has broadened efforts to shape the continent’s politics and pursue new economic opportunities to allay the effects of sanctions.

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CrashCourse: The Prevention and Treatment of Concussions

Blog / October 29, 2019

In its 46-year history, SPICE, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), has collaborated with numerous Stanford-affiliated organizations on educational programs. One of the most meaningful and significant collaborations has been with TeachAids, an award-winning global leader in designing, producing, and distributing research-based health education.

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Quid Pro Quos, Bureaucrats and Duty

Commentary / October 28, 2019

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On China’s Dramatic Health Care System Improvements – and Its Tortuous Road Ahead

News / October 28, 2019

Creating a high-quality universal health care system is an immense challenge anywhere, let alone in a country as large and diverse as China. But equal access to care will become ever more important as China converges on higher incomes, slower economic growth, population aging, and dependence on a skilled workforce to approach OECD living standards.

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What You Need To Know About Ukraine: On the World Class Podcast, Three Experts Weigh In

News / October 24, 2019

The situation between the United States and Ukraine is complex. Three experts on Ukraine recently joined the World Class podcast to break down what you need to know. What happened on the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky? Who are Ukraine’s former prosecutors general and how have they impacted the current situation? And what really happened between former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine? We’ve got you covered.

On the Trump-Zelensky phone call:

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The Pitfalls of Outsourcing Public Welfare & Healthcare

News / October 22, 2019

When it comes to rooting out wasteful spending in federal entitlement programs, attention has long focused on preventing beneficiaries from gaming the system. A new Stanford study identifies a fresh cause for concern: the for-profit companies that the U.S. government increasingly tasks with providing benefits to Americans who are often poor, elderly or both.

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Global Warming and Extreme Heat Harming Pregnant Women

News / October 21, 2019

Global warming and more days of extreme heat are exacerbating the health risks of pregnancy, particularly among African-American women, according to new Stanford-led research.

 
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Historian Timothy Garton Ash Discusses What Went Wrong In Post-Communist Europe and What We Can Do About It

News / October 18, 2019

Nearly 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, historian Timothy Garton Ash spoke at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies about the long-term consequences of the revolutions and transitions that followed the end of Communist rule in countries such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

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Video: David M. Lampton on U.S.-China Relations

Commentary / October 18, 2019
Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow David M. Lampton, an expert on Chinese politics and U.S.-China relations, joins World Affairs host and Hoover Institution Visiting Fellow Markos Kounalakis in a conversation about the growing rivalry between the world's two global powers and how we might evaluate the more than forty years of Sino-American engagement since Nixon went to Beijing in 1972.
 
Why has engagement weakened so precipitously in the last several years?
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Hong Kong in Turmoil: Former Chief Secretary and Scholars Discuss the Protests in Hong Kong

News / October 18, 2019

On October 1st, with a massive National Day parade down Chang’an Avenue in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its establishment in 1949. Like a split-screen T.V., however, on the other side of the border in Hong Kong, black-clad protesters wearing gas masks and goggles undertook one of the most violent protests in Hong Kong SAR since the 1997 handover.

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Hal Sonnenfeldt, Hard-nosed Realism, and U.S.-Russian Arms Control

Commentary / October 17, 2019

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Big and exciting merger news at Stanford Health Policy

News / October 17, 2019

Stanford Medicine has announced a merger of its Division of Health Services Research from the Department of Health Research and Policy with the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research — joining together the School of Medicine’s leading researchers in the field of health policy.

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Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Named Payne Distinguished Lecturer

News / October 16, 2019

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that Rose Gottemoeller has been appointed the next Frank E. and Arthur W. Payne Distinguished Lecturer. She will spend the next three years at Stanford working with FSI’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and will simultaneously be a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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Joe Biden’s Former National Security Advisor Explains What Actually Happened Between the Former Vice President and Ukraine

News / October 15, 2019

When Colin Kahl came on board as Vice President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor in 2014, the situation in Ukraine was one of a few “crisis issues” that Biden and his staff were tasked with ameliorating by former President Barack Obama, Kahl told Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) Director Michael McFaul on the World Class podcast.

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America in One Room

Q&A / October 13, 2019

Are we really more divided than ever, politically? The results of 'America in One Room' show we're not.

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